Holly Arnold Kinney, Owner of the Fort Restaurant

Holly Arnold Kinney literally grew up in one of metro Denver’s most famous tourism icons, The Fort restaurant. The Fort, a replica of Bent’s Old Fort on the Santa Fe Trail, was built by Holly’s father as a private home in 1963, but he turned it into a restaurant specializing in authentic foods of the mountain men era in the Southwest.

Holly grew up in an apartment in the upstairs portion of the restaurant. After a career in advertising and marketing, Holly formed a partnership with her father, Sam Arnold, to manage the restaurant in 1999 and took over full ownership of The Fort restaurant in 2006 after Sam passed away.

In 1999, she started the Tesoro Culture Center, a non-profit committed to protecting and making available to the public the artistic treasures and history of the Southwest. They have group and school tours teaching Bent’s Fort history, historic lecture series, and events such as the Indian Market Powwow that attracted the nation’s top Indian artists.

For her lifetime of work in promoting the history, culture, traditions and cuisine of the Southwest, Holly Arnold Kinney was inducted into the 2016 Denver & Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame.

Holly Arnold Kinney literally grew up in one of metro Denver’s most famous tourism icons, The Fort restaurant, and has done so much work promoting the history and culture of the Southwest through the restaurant and her Tesoro Culture Center non-profit that she was inducted into the 2016 Denver & Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame. Photo courtesy of Visit Denver

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